Ishaku To Implement Financial Autonomy For Judiciary, Legislature In Taraba

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

The Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku has stressed that judicial and legislative autonomy is a necessity for a strong democracy in Nigeria to excel.

The Governor said he will not hesitate in joining his counterparts across the nation in implementing the financial autonomy of both arms of government in Taraba to provide justice for the common man.

He made the comment while inaugurating a new Grand Khadi of the state Dahiru Ahmad on Friday in Jalingo.

While appealing to JUSUN to suspend its ongoing strike action in the interest of justice especially those in detention, the Governor urged them to imbibe the virtues of equity, moral uprightness, live above board and fair.

”Permit me to use this rare opportunity to reiterate that I am not opposed to judicial and legislative autonomy, rather I believe that financially independence for judiciary and the legislature is essential for a strong democracy,” Ishaku said.

”Therefore we shall not hesitate to join other states of the federation in implementing the financial autonomy of both arms of government.

”Let me also reassure the judiciary of our determination to maintain and expand on the existing synergy to provide better justice to the common man.

”I will also like to take this opportunity to strongly urge JUSUN to suspend their ongoing strike action in the interest of justice even as the negotiations are ongoing.

”Hopefully, an amicable resolution to all of their demands will later be met.

“This call has become urgent in the light of the fact that many innocent people are languishing in detentions without trials and several law suits have been allowed to drag on unnecessarily.

”In the meantime, I urge the bar and the bench to imbibe the virtues of equity, moral uprightness and fairness, so that justice can be delivered to the masses in an effective, efficient and timely manner.”

He also encouraged serving judges to live above board as their actions and inactions have reaching consequences in the lives of others.

”They should see their jobs as a way to serve God and humanity,” he said.

While inaugurating the new Grand Khadi, Governor Ishaku said his appointment is based on merit following the demise of the former occupant of the office.

”The late Grand Khadi did not only serve faithfully, but was an epitome of justice and fairness,” he said.

”Government has always ensured that we have appointment of judges wherever the vacancy exists.

”As the new Grand Khadi you are expected to uphold the constitution by doing justice to all manner of people in order to reflect the tenets of the oath you have just taken as the judiciary is the last hope of the common man of which I Darius Ishaku standing here is a beneficiary.”

The Governor assured the new Grand Khadi of his support in all ramifications.

A minute silence was also observed in honour of the late Grand Khadi.

Covid-19: Taraba Shuts Down All Schools

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV


Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has ordered the closure of public and private, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.

The shutdown is expected to commence from Tuesday, March 24.

Ishaku made this known during a statewide broadcast on Friday. He also said the gathering of persons should not be more than 20.

The measures according to the Governor are to ensure that the pandemic does not spread to Taraba.

”All the institutions are advised the few days notice to make necessary adjustments in their academic calendars to ensure compliance,” he said.

He encouraged residents of the state to ensure social distances by avoiding intimate etiquettes such as handshakes, hugs, and kissing.

”Fellow Tarabans, I have also ordered that there should be no longer any assembly, congregation or meetings of up to 20 persons at any particular time effective from today 20th March 2020, until the situation abates,” he said.

He advised the residents of the state to exercise caution while interacting at markets or any other institution.

The Governor also ordered that all social and recreational centres must close on or before 7 PM, as he enjoined owners of such places to observe basic hygiene practices in the conduct of their businesses.

He called on religious organizations to wholeheartedly support the measure with intensive prayers in their respective homes and not misconstrued the genuine intention of his administration.

” This measure should therefore not be seen as an affront on the freedom of worship but rather as a safeguard to protect the lives of worshippers in the state,” he said.

Ishaku encouraged law enforcement agencies to beef up security all over the state and to help ensure compliance with this executive order.

” These measures I must emphasize, stringent as they may appear, are been taken to control and contain the spread of coronavirus to Taraba state,” he said.

He encouraged royal fathers, opinion leaders, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, to also complement the resolve of the state government by intensifying efforts at sensitizing residents of the state on the need to comply with the overall interest of the state.

Sambo directs speedy transmission of generated power

Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power to ensure speedy evacuation of power generated to ensure constant power supply.

The Vice President gave this directive, when he chaired the 24th Board meeting of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) overseeing the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), at the State House, Abuja.

The Vice President expressed delight with the current generation capacity of over 4,200 megawatts of electricity, he however lamented the lack of integrity and associated problems of the transmission and distribution lines to evacuate the generated power.

Mr Sambo, noted that with the quantity being added to the national grid, Nigerians were experiencing improvement in power supply, and therefore directed the Ministry of Power and the NDPHC to ensure speedy completion of the transmission lines, and the injection substation for the delivery of constant and stable electricity to Nigerians.

He also directed that a meeting be convened to tackle the problem of gas supply to the power plants, which according to him was also militating against power supply.

In line with President Jonathan’s Performance Contract policy, the VP directed that the National Planning Commission to draw up a Performance Contract that will be signed between him and the Board of NDPHC.

He also directed the NDPHC to ensure that such Performance Contract trickles down and that all of its consultants sign the performance bond, which according to him would enhance service delivery.

4,200 megawatts

Earlier the Minister of State for Power, Arc. Darius Ishaku, disclosed that the country is currently generating more than 4,200 megawatts of electricity, saying that the transmission and distribution network has integrity issues, which is affecting the adequate evacuation of the generated power.

He assured the meeting that the Ministry was doing everything possible to arrest the issue.

The Managing Director of NDPHC, who was represented by the Executive Director Technical Services; Mr. Louis Edozien, disclosed that the NIPP projects in Sapele, Alaoji, Olorunsogo and Omotosho were currently generating 1,350mw.

He however, noted that they would have achieved more but for gas supply as he also gave the assurance that progress was being made to ensure early delivery of all NIPP projects in the country.

The board under the chairmanship of the Vice President approved the purchase of replacement parts for Gas Turbines for Calabar, Egbema and Gabarin power plants from General Electric, the original manufacturers.

The board also approved the engagement of fire-fighting management providers for Olorunsogo, Sapele, Alaoji, Omotosho and Ihovbor power plants and the provision of gas pipe line to Geregu Phase II, NIPP power plant were also approved.

While the extension of project consultancy work for construction of Omotosho Phase II power plant was as well approved by the board.